Govt suing Shafee over tax arrears amounting to RM9.41mil

KUALA LUMPUR: The government, through the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN), has filed a suit against lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, seeking payment amounting to RM9.41mil in tax arrears for five assessment years.

The writ of summons and the statement of claim were filed on May 6 at the High Court, with Muhammad Shafee, 69, named as the defendant.

Based on the statement of claim which was obtained through the court’s e-Filing system, the government claimed that an additional assessment amounting to RM621,291.85, RM978,854.11, RM3,581,500, RM1,735,124.03 and RM1,826,557.87 was made for the Assessment Year of 2011,2012,2013,2014 and 2016 respectively, through a notice dated May 27,2019, which was sent to the defendant.It claimed that until now, the defendant had failed to pay the amount. As such, the plaintiff is claiming the defendant to pay RM9,414,708.32, interest of 5% per annum from the date of judgment until the date of realisation, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

Meanwhile, lawyer Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee, representing Muhammad Shafee, who is his father, said they had yet to receive the writ of summons from LHDN.

A source from LHDN confirmed not having served the writ of summons to Muhammad Shafee yet, but said it would be served soon.

Muhammad Shafee is the lawyer representing former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the case involving misappropriation of SRC International Sdn Bhd and 1Malaysia Development Bhd funds.

Muhammad Shafee is facing two charges of receiving RM9.5mil in proceeds from unlawful activities from Najib and two charges of making false declarations to the LHDN. — Bernama

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